Stinky Cheese Phx...
I had a huge craving today for a little cheese snack. Headed down to Chevront's.
First of was a little sampling of Humbolt Fog.... Where have you been all my life? it has a very unique like soft cheese layer mixed in with a semi-hard cake looking mix. It was great. Earthy tangy taste. I found a new fridge must have.
The second choice was a total surprise. I asked the server to bring me his choice. the only 2 requirments where "soft and stinky" lol.
Green Hill by Sweet grass diary. I don't even know where to begin. velvety smooth salty, eathy twang. Had a nice little bite that hits on the back of your mouth... very good stuff. Another staple!
I'm up for more suggestions!
We've had some nice afternoons at Duck & Decanter. Firstly, it's completely informal... you can have friends join and they need not eat. Second, you can buy some wines from the shop and enjoy them on the patio... no corkage and for only about $10 a person, you can try a bunch of wines (and grab some to go if you like them). Finally, they have a variety of cheeses in the grocer/deli section and there's often a basket of "scraps" - the odd shaped castaways from the deli and the "leftovers" from purchases where someone buys a pound of cheese from a block that's 1.2 lbs. About a nibble's-worth, but a good way to try a bunch of different types - along with some wines.
glad you liked them!! love their fromagier and cheese selection, too. :)
another good spot for cheese is fine's cellar in scottsdale.
Ground Control, way out west, served a cheese that was so stinky I was the only one at the table who didn't give up on it. It was lovely and mellow after my palate adjusted. Can't remember the variety.
I'm a fan of the cheeses at Cheuvront also. The first time we went, we ordered a cheese plate at the end of dinner and enjoyed it so much, we ordered another to try a few more. I've had excellent cheeses from Cowboy Ciao, including a new favorite cheese (though not stinky) called Barely Buzzed, from Beehive Cheese in Utah, with a lavender and coffee washed rind.
One of my favorite cheese lists is at Quiessence - a great variety of domestic artisanal cheeses (link below of a sample cheese menu):
7133 East Stetson Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
6106 S 32nd Street, Phoenix, AZ 85042
Another good one from Cypress Grove is their Purple Haze (young chevre coated with fennel pollen and lavender). Whole Foods carries it, but not with the same regularity that they carry the Humboldt Fog.
We stopped in a Fresh & Easy on Greenway @ 35th Ave the other day and saw 2 or 3 Cypress Grove cheeses there (Humboldt Fog, Purple Haze, and, I think, Midnight Moon).